Vending machines high target of theft |

Vending machines high target of theft

Christina Proctor

Coin-operated vending machines in the city are being robbed.

Detective Martin Hewlett said the city has had about 10 to 15 break-ins this winter.

The latest was found Thursday afternoon at Heidi’s Laundromat on Emerald Bay Road. Coins were stolen from the change machine. Tahoe Valley Laundromat, also on Emerald Bay Road, was missing the entire change machine the previous morning.

“We believe these crimes are related,” Hewlett said. “They have occurred between sunset to early morning.”

The thieves have targeted South Shore laundromats and hotels. Soap machines, washers and coin change machines have all been hit by either prying open the change boxes or completely removing the machine from the wall like in Wednesday’s theft. The Classic Cue was hit and $10 worth of quarters painted red were taken, Hewlett said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at (530) 542-6100 or Secret Witness at (530) 541-6800.

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